10 handy hints to help you declutter your home today 14



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Household mess and clutter seems to slowly creep in to our lives. One day everything is clean, the next there is random objects everywhere. Many people struggle to find ways to reduce such clutter from around the home. With any luck, these handy hints below will give you just a couple of easy suggestions to both clean and modernise your house.

1. Bungee cords (A.K.A ocky straps)


We traditionally associate bungee cords with the garage or the outdoors, but did you know that these can have very practical applications inside the home? One of the better ways to utilise these chords is to nail them to some sort of wooden board lengthways. Then hang/mount the board onto your wall. Use the chord to hang all sorts of things in order.


2. CD rack storage


Sick of having your tupperware lids appearing in weird places all over the kitchen? Head down to your local shops and buy a CD rack. place it in one of your kitchen drawers and voila. You now have a great place to organise and store your tupperware lids.


3. Repurpose trash cans

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Office trash cans are generally the perfect height for storing arts and crafts items, wrapping paper and stationary. This ca greatly reduce clutter around the office and free up some much needed cupboard space.

4. Shower curtain hooks

If you have the space, hang shower in your closet. Use these to hang your handbags off and to keep your carryalls at eye level.


5. Foil & plastic wrap storage 

Use the back of your pantry door to store your rolls of plastic wrap and foil. This is a perfect place to put these, as it’s out of the way, doesn’t take up needed drawer or counter space, and it’s easy to pull the wrap off of the box while it’s secured to the door.


6. Magnetic strips


If you take anything away from this list, make it this.

Mount magnetic strips in the garage, kitchen, bathroom or office for those magnetic items that can go missing. Nuts and bolts, screwdrivers, knives, hairpins, paper clips, tweezers etc can all be mounted onto these elegant little strips. They can be bough at any hardware store and easily mounted. This will save you heaps of time in the future looking for those little things that can easily hide themselves. You’ll kick yourself for not doing this sooner!


7. Laundry basket shelf

Using a shelving unit which you can get cheap from IKEA, store your assortment of laundry baskets. Mount the unit on any wall, and then place your washing baskets on each shelf. This will saved you a lot of unused vertical space.


8. Repurposed door handles


If you’ve got some old, possibly antique door handles lying around, then use these as new hanging tools. They can be mounted onto any wall, and make for something stylish and unique looking to hang things from.


9. Pegboards


Still need more storage space? Pegboards can also be mounted onto walls in a variety of rooms for easy storing options. Kitchens, garages, bedrooms, wherever!


10. Heel wall mount


Heels just seem to go everywhere. An easy fix is to mount a bar in your closet. This allows you to get your favourite shoes up and out of the way.

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  1. Who wears high heel shoes like that over 60. I can see myself tottering around

    3 REPLY
    • Iove my high heels….. After wearing them all my working life and now wearing trainers most days, I love to get dressed properly to go out! I feel light feminine and happy…. Most of the time they are not quite as high as they used to be but for special times….. Why, of course….. And I never “tottered”. Just good posture and a bit of practice ! I feel poised and wonderful on my heels…. ( I am 71)

  2. I have a plastic over-the-door shoe-storer in my pantry to keep herbs, spices and other small items handy.

  3. So the way to declutter is to buy more stuff?

  4. I decluttered after selling a couple of years ago and have now accumulated more!! Must do it again as it’s very therapeutic to toss out. I also can’t get rid of the heels. It’s amazing how different you feel when you pop them on and go out (being careful to not fall over of course) :))

  5. What I’d like to know is where I can get such a door knocker from! But thanks, there are a couple of ideas that could be useful in my house!

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